Wednesday, February 17, 2010

A Blast from the Past

It's no secret that the industry of Syracuse has dwindled over the years. It's no surprise that the deterioration of industry has led to population decline. Fortunately for Syracuse natives, there is a place where one can be reminded of the good old days.

The Onondaga Historical Association is featuring a new exhibit called "The Salt City Comes of Age: Syracuse During the Impressionist Era." The exhibit features what was happening in Syracuse from 1880-1916. The event is complimentary to the Everson Museum's "From Turner to Cezanne" exhibit.

Visitors can browse through artwork, clothing, artifacts, products, and other things that shaped the city of Syracuse during the impressionist era. Syracuse industry boomed in late 19th century into the early 20th century, and so in turn did the population. According to the 1890 Census, population increased by 70% at the turn of the century.

Many who live in the Syracuse area don't know how the city came to be known as the "salt city." Visitors will find out that answer and more if they visit the Onondaga Historical Association.

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